Re-reading this again. First time was around 8th grade. Totally catching things that I never got as a teen or in college. Makes sense now that I've alRe-reading this again. First time was around 8th grade. Totally catching things that I never got as a teen or in college. Makes sense now that I've always leaned toward existentialist theology & philosophy. This book must have been my gateway-drug.
I appreciate Short & his take on Schultz so much more now in middle age. Maybe I never got far as either a cartoonist or writer is that I've always been too blunt & direct. Short's whole point is how Shultz, like Jesus used parables (metaphor, fiction, & humor) to help audiences swallow stronger medicine than they'd ordinarily choose to. Great stuff....more
1) true joy is not necessarily the same thing as a temporary sense of being chipper and bubbly and 2) there are no doubt plenty of people who, like me1) true joy is not necessarily the same thing as a temporary sense of being chipper and bubbly and 2) there are no doubt plenty of people who, like me, are having a hard time figuring out how to find joy, genuine, saccharine or otherwise. So I'd like to share a powerful resource with you. Joy in our Weakness, by Marva Dawn, is an amazing book that can help us discover genuine joy in the most painful and confusing times.
"Neither a commentary on the book of Revelation nor a devotional work -- though it offers aspects of both -- Joy in Our Weakness is instead a theological and practical guide that ushers readers into the very presence of Christ and His Lordship over the powers of evil. Marva Dawn writes compassionately for those who suffer, for this book was born out of her own struggles with physical limitations and chronic illness, and it is intended to help the whole Church learn how to find Joy in every circumstance of life, especially in trials and sufferings... The Revelation's original purpose -- to comfort afflicted, suffering believers..." From the Synopsis on Barnes & Noble.com
Bad things happen to good people, but God wants to wipe away every tear. What is more, He wants to turn our ugly hurt into something beautiful and useful. No matter what we've been through, He can use it, and use us to help others face what they have to go through. That gives hope and peace through sharing His love....more
I imagined Chevy Chase’s voice reading all of Fletch’s dialogue soaked in sarcasm. As usual, the book is better than the movie. Fletch is an investigatI imagined Chevy Chase’s voice reading all of Fletch’s dialogue soaked in sarcasm. As usual, the book is better than the movie. Fletch is an investigative reporter in L.A. who’s avoiding his ex wives lawyers, his editors and dirty cops while trying to uncover a drug operation on the beach. The real mystery kicks into gear when a wealthy aviation executive hires Fletch to kill him. Like a real reporter, McDonald uses short paragraphs, sparse description and a lot of dialogue. That made Fletch perfect for someone with A.D.D. It’s a mystery novel for people who don’t like to read novels. ...more
Wow. This was good. The last time I read this book, I think it was 1984. At that time, I saw it merely as some weird science fiction thing that fortuna Wow. This was good. The last time I read this book, I think it was 1984. At that time, I saw it merely as some weird science fiction thing that fortunately hadn't come true. Of course, my English teacher at the time tried to help us see how it was about conformity.
Two things motivated me to give it another look. Someone said that it was a brilliant political satire. SATIRE, I thought, satires are funny. Okay, you know how people imagine different actor's voices as different characters when they read a book? I thought I'd try to imagine what this book would be like if it were a movie made by the Coen Brothers or Tim Burton. (I figured that Woody Allen or Mel Brooks was a little too silly). It helped, especially early on when Winston Smith's life is so bleak and lonely.
The other thing that encouraged me to read it was when a friend suggested a cartoon idea to me- (see below) I just figured he was referring to the illegal wire taps and email phishing, but it it SO much more than that- the propaganda, the use and abuse of the media, TORTURE, and the psychological tricks of perpetual war. Wow. It is really frightening.
The first part of this book is bleak and depressing, the second part is an exciting combination of political thriller and romance. The third part is almost as surreal and existential as a Jean Paul Sarte play.
What is truly frightening is not the idea of this book being somehow prophetic, or of how it features many of the kinds of ideologies and tactics of the current administration, what is really scary- and shaming, is that this isn't just a satire of Socialism or post WWII Brittan or 1940's America, or the NAZIs or the Soviets or the cold war, it isn't just a satire about conformity- and it is, by the way. It occurred to me that John Hughes or somebody could rip off the basic plot and turn it into a movie about how miserable high school can be. It's not just a warning about how society or governments could evolve. What it is is a searing commentary on human nature. Very much in line with the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. We are all oppressors and followers. We are all capable of torture or betrayal. That's the frightening part.
If you read this and really take it seriously, you will be bound to become skeptical of any politician- regardless or party or promise. You will treasure and appreciate you rights, freedoms and your relationships. And you just might be a little less comfortable undressing with the TV on. I don't have a web-cam on my computer. Do you?
See you in the place where there is no darkness. (or room 101, whichever). ...more
Not only fast & fun, intense and suspenseful, but I think morally satisfying. The monster really was a monster, not a victim of either circumstancNot only fast & fun, intense and suspenseful, but I think morally satisfying. The monster really was a monster, not a victim of either circumstance or curse. The other two main characters represent selfless and selfish kinds of people....more
That was fun. Spenser is a major wise cracker. This was Parker's first Spenser book and it was a lot closer to Humphrey Bogart in a Raymond Chandler nThat was fun. Spenser is a major wise cracker. This was Parker's first Spenser book and it was a lot closer to Humphrey Bogart in a Raymond Chandler novel than the Robert Urich TV series. I missed Hawk and Susan, but all the humor, action, and suspense were all there. As was the Boston/Cambridge area- makes me want to visit to see everywhere it took place. An added plus, was what a great job Parker did of making the times come alive. It really felt like 1973. That reminded me of the short-lived ABC show "Life on Mars" with Jason O'Mara and Harvey Keitel a year or two ago. It's a shame Parker recently passed away, good thing he wrote more than 30 Spenser books. This is the first one in the series, and only the second I've read and I am hooked!...more